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of events with names like the debt ceiling deadline, the fiscal cliff, and the next one is barreling down the tracks. it is called the sequester, but it has nothing to do with a jury. and if it isn't stopped, if it's allowed to go through in ten days, huge automatic spending cuts go into effect. the president used some dire language to warn about it today. and tonight, nbc's john yang explains what this sequester is and the impact it could have for everyone. >> reporter: with no budget deal in sight and automatic spending cuts just days away, president obama said today it was the fault of congressional republicans. >> they haven't come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we've got these automatic, brutal spending cuts. >> reporter: republicans blame the president. >> the president, back in the last session of congress, refused to cut spending in any place. >> reporter: they're fighting over a sequester. washington speak for the $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cuts that would begin march 1st unless congress and the president agree on a deficit-cutting package. >>
's a debt ceiling, which we thought was going to happen -- four, actually, the fiscal cliff, which didn't happen, that would have been bad. a debt ceiling, which would have been unimaginably horrible, a hell storm of epic proportions. a continuing resolution which could lead to a government shutdown, and a sequester. the sequester is, of these four, probably the least damaging to the economy, the least disruptive, least freakout to the market. there's an advantage to the fact boehner has moved his people to have a fight on the sequester. obama and him are going to have a fight on the sequester and hopefully we'll figure this out before we get to the debt ceiling or something we can't get back out of. there is a sense with a harm mitigation strategy being attempted by john boehner here to try to get his people focused on something, where even if it goes wrong and there's no deal, we don't crash the global economy as a consequence. >> it reminds me of the late 1800s and 1900s when leeching was the preferred medical treatment, bleed it out, bleed it out. that's effectively the strategy tak
of the aisle. we had the fiscal cliff, now we have this, we have the debt ceiling deadline in may. there's no dramatic substantive action. it's just one little baby step or kick it down the road and here we are again. and they're playing with people's jobs, money, taxes, livelihoods. our government just seems so dysfunctional and broken and gridlocked. >> and then things like this happen and we go until the 11th hour and oh, a solution but it's not really a solution because we've only done half of the work we should have done. in three months we'll talk about it again and we go through this all over again. just talking about we want to blame both sides and we want to say everybody is responsible. but president obama was up there with the first responders, and some people are questioning whether or not that was a manufactured setup and a scenario where he was like, i'm with these guys, you're the ones that are not able to let this happen and you're going to affect them. but was that necessary is the question? >> all politicians like their backdrops and to put a human face on the issue. fo
in place, but questions about debt ceiling and other continuing resolution and other aspects of the federal fiscal situation which are very concerning and we think pose not only near-term threats to the travel business, but longer term threats to the economy if our political leaders can't get to an agreement. >> it shouldn't be this way. you are picking up in your industry from the brutality of the 2007-2008 downturn. you don't have supply for hotel rooms coming onstream. you should have really good pricing power at the moment. i see that in your negotiations for corporate customers, you expect to increase your room rates by high single digits. are you happy with that or had you hoped for more? >> no, i think -- the frustrating thing about this political situation in washington is business is really good and there are so many aspects of our economy which are not only good for our business, but show broad recovery. so our comp sales growth were up 8% in the month of january and we feel really good about the way that the year has started, which makes this doubly frustrating. the sequestration
ceiling fight coming up again in may. so there's a lot of uncertainty around fiscal policy, around government contracting of all kinds. so it's going to be a sort of rolling snowball effect, i might call it, where it gets bigger and bigger. and by may this may be the only thing we're talking about. >> richard, one could wonder at this point, what was the point of setting the sequester limit if now we're just figuring out ways to come up with a new deal? this was supposed to be the deal. this was supposed to be the thing that forced action. >> right. >> what was the point of it if we're not going to enforce it? >> that's a very good question. what was the point of it? the point of it was that people had crawled out on a limb, and they needed to come off it somehow. the very people who crawled out on that limb are now saying, how did we ever get here? you made me do it. it is ridiculous. and unfortunately, you know, what's that hillary clinton line that she used to use? the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. just in ter
the government at the end of march or allow a -- another debt ceiling crisis. i think it will be more of the same. like muddle through without that, you know, cathartic relief from all the fiscal uncertainty. but neither a catastrophe. >> all right. and stocks continue to run on monetary fumes as greg said. greg, thank you again for your time. great to see you this morning. >> all right. thanks, kelly. >>> the major news event in europe, the italian elections on sunday. italy's caretaker prime minister mario monty has come out swinging again the former premier, silvio berlusconi, saying he didn't maintain promises made in the past and that the new governor could govern well. this as the foul mouthed comedian/politician whipped a route into a frenzy into a rally in milan:we have more. >> reporter: supporters of the five-star movement out in force. some estimates suggest up to 100,000 people gathered in the square to hear him speak. he was treated like a rock star by the supporters that surrounded him as he left his camper van, the tsunami tour is what he's allegedly on right now. he certainly is g
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